Too expensive: Ex-Liverpool chief reveals what scuppered move for Tottenham ace
By Matt Bullin
Former Liverpool Chief Executive Ian Ayre has revealed that the Reds had the chance to sign Dele Alli before he signed for Tottenham.
Alli signed for Spurs in January 2015, but according to Ayre he had previously travelled to Liverpool’s training ground, Melwood, to meet club officials and manager at the time, Brendan Rodgers.
According to Ayre the deal was set to be completed, but fell through because the Reds did not believe Alli was worth as much as MK Dons were asking for.
Alli, now 21, has since gone onto become one of the Premier League’s top, young talents and has recently won his second successive PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Speaking in the Liverpool Echo, Ayre said of Liverpool’s potential move for Alli: “There was interest in the player, but where it got to was that the demands at that time were not fitting to what he had achieved at that point.
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“We didn’t feel the player matched that demand. It’s easy to sit and say ‘look what you could have bought’, but how many players could you apply the reverse of that to? That’s the truth.”
Since signing for Spurs, Alli has gone on to make 90 league and cup appearances for the club, scoring 30 goals and providing 22 assists.
In that period he has also featured for England 17 times, scoring twice, despite only turning 21 earlier this month.
This season the 21-year-old has been in red-hot form and along with Harry Kane, has led Spurs’ charge which currently sees them battling Chelsea in the title race.
He has 16 goals and seven assists in his 31 Premier League appearances this term, and Liverpool fans are unlikely to be impressed with the recent revelation.
In other Liverpool news, Reds fans have slammed this 27-year-old first teamer and have even called for him to be sold.